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Primary school trips to York

Primary school trips to York

Home to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and generations of scholars. Count the towers and gateways along the city walls, stroll through the Shambles and discover eight hundred years' of stained glass at the towering Minster. This lovely medieval city is an easy-to-manage destination for primary groups.




Suggested Itinerary

Primary Ks2 BASIC

Aimed at Key Stage 2 students, this itinerary has been developed in partnership with our Primary education specialist

  • day

    • National Railway Museum
  • day

    • Jorvik Viking Centre
    • Jorvik Dig workshop
  • day

    • York Castle Museum and Prison
  • day

    • National Coal Mining Museum


York Accommodation - Ace Boutique Hostel

Safestay York

This high quality 4 star hostel is conveniently located within the City of York walls, close to York railway station.

Situated in Micklegate one of the oldest parts of York, Ace Boutique Hostel offers great views of York Minster, the city centre and the historic railway station.

This grand Georgian townhouse boasts many impressive features including a beautiful Rococo ceiling featuring Shakespeare's head. All the bedrooms are en suite (excluding the 4 bed dormitory) offering views of either Mickelgate or the famous York medieval city walls. This high quality hostel has its own basement games room, TV lounge and outside courtyard.

In 2009, Safestay York undertook a £2 million refurbishment programme, in line with its traditional Georgian Heritage, but now with a modern edge, this is the perfect accommodation for a group trip to York.

Facilities:   • 20 Rooms with en-suite facilities (except the 4 bed dormitory)   • Sole occupancy option also available   • Games room   • TV lounge   • Outside courtyard   • Free WIFI

Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

York Castle and Prison

William the Conqueror’s castle is long gone, but the elegant mansion housing the museum is ideal for developing chronological understanding of York’s past. Explore a 19th century street, handle artefacts in a Victorian classroom, and experience life in the Swinging Sixties!

Jorvik Viking Centre

Descend beneath the streets to ride through a bustling Viking marketplace. Hear the sounds, experience the smells and feel the atmosphere of life in York 1000 years ago. Use historical evidence to compare how Viking people lived with our modern way of life.

Jorvik Dig

Challenge your group to some serious archaeological detective work. Get hands grubby and inspire children to discover for themselves what York was really like in the past. Be prepared for plenty of interesting questions and observations!

National Railway Museum

Peek into Queen Victoria’s carriage; watch engineering in the workshops and climb aboard a futuristic Japanese bullet train. Get hands-on investigating how Newton’s Laws of Motion apply to trains, and watch a demonstration of the forces in action.

National Coal Mining Museum

Put on a miner's helmet, collect a battery lamp, then step into a cage and descend deep underground. An ex-miner will lead your tour recalling stories of the men, women and children who worked here. Get to grips with the science of mining back at the surface.

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!